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Sling Media Co-Founders Vacate

13 Jan, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey

The two co-founders of Sling Media, which made waves in 2005 when it launched the Slingbox device, are leaving the company, along with three other executives, several news agencies reported.

CEO Blake Krikorian and brother Jason, EVP of business development, will depart immediately, while Jason Hirshhorn, president of Sling’s entertainment group, Gregg Wilkes, VP of sales, and Ben White, chief creative officer, are also on their way out, the San Jose Mercury-News reported.

Calls and e-mails to a Sling Media spokesman were not returned by press time.

EchoStar Communications Corp. bought Sling in late 2007 for $342 million and announced the launch of a Sling.com streaming site in December 2008. But Bruce Krikorian said that since EchoStar bought the company, he and his brother did not feel like the company was moving in the direction they wanted, the Mercury-News reported.

“It means something when you sell a company: it’s no longer your company,” he told the paper. “As much as I love the team and am incredibly excited about what they’re doing, it’s not the best fit for me, for where I am in my life.”

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